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An Offensive Piece of Advise
Perhaps a snicker and a cough
In reading through the questions posted on this site, I have notice that there are a few people here that take themselves way too seriously. And their work not seriously enough. I grant you that I am impressed and amazed at the number of professional writers here who seriously do make money at this. There are many articles here which are a credit to their authors. While these authors contemplate their words, I have read their comments on the popularity of some work or the virtues of editing. I have also noted that such writers are fairly unflappable.
There are others however who seem to treat this profession and Hubpages in general like Kindergarten. When they don't get their sticker they become concerned. If their post isn't to everyone's liking they consider deleting it.
Seriously speaking, what is a thought worth? What price will you pay to be noticed? Those who conform to the masses don't get noticed. Those who delete their thoughts find that no one knows them. If you worry about accolades you find that you are always faced with reasons to worry. Lets face it, the world hates thinkers and takes a sadistic pleasure in frustrating those who seek its honors until you have gone so far in your pursuit that you expire without anyone knowing you passed on or even caring.
Who do we remember? What writers do we care about? We remember the writers that broke molds, were rejected countless times, got banned in quite a few countries, and said some things that people remember because at first the public probably didn't appreciate it and even may have disagreed violently with it but it stuck with them. If you aren't willing to climb on your private stake and be burned with the rest of the books that people hate you really don't deserve to be a writer.
Does that mean you have to provoke just because you can? Probably not, but it means that when you put words to pen you need to put your heart into it and damn the consequences. You need to hold your thoughts sacred and only worry about whether people are burning you for the right reasons. Make sure you are communicating your disgusting point of view clearly enough that when some dictator black lists your work amongst the others, they actually quote your work as an example of what people shouldn't think and the little fink is able to describe what you meant and why that shouldn’t be allowed.
You may find that in your time, if you are honest that no one burns you; lucky you! You may find that everyone likes you; drat you! But if you aren't honest, even if you never pay the price for that dishonesty, you will never be satisfied with what you do. You will always be looking over your shoulder. You will always be checking the number of books you sold or reading your own reviews and become red faced when someone tears you to shreds. It is true that you can’t make everyone happy, so you might as well be yourself and let the people you piss off face you in the hear-after with the knowledge that everyone they hated will be looking at them and be quite immortal and their thoughts flame-resistant.